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When it comes to mosquitos it’s better to be safe than sorry, say authorities in Yucatán

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Workers fumigating in Yucatán protect against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is responsible for spreading deadly diseases. Photo: Courtesy

To protect residents against mosquito-borne diseases, Yucatán’s government has kicked off a fumigation campaign in Mérida and several other municipalities. 

Although diseases such as dengue, zika, and chikungunya have been on the decline over the past couple of years, health authorities insist that prevention is key. 

Trucks fitted with special spray equipment, as well as workers armed with tanks and nozzles, are a common sight in Yucatán during the rainy season.

Anti-mosquito brigades will also be visiting the homes of residents in areas where confirmed or suspected cases of these sorts of diseases have been reported. 

Potential hot spots for the growth of mosquito larvae will be targeted in several of Mérida’s neighborhoods — including Montes de Amé, Camprese, and Francisco de Montejo. 

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Coastal communities that have recently experienced flooding are also to participate in the program include Progreso, Chuburná, and Chelem. 

“When it comes to controlling the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, we have been doing fairly well, but that is no reason for complacency,” said Progreso Mayor, Julián Zacarias Curi.  

Mosquitos that transmit dengue to humans belong to the Aedes species. Photo: Courtesy

Fumigation crews will also make their way to communities in the interior of the state that have reported suspected cases of dengue, including Espita, Santa Elena and San Simón. 

Mosquito infections also seem to be way down across Mexico, with a national decrease of 87.7%, according to federal health authorities.

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